PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Appalachian Studies, Globalization, Critical Theory, and Social Movements.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Political Science, 2015, Virginia Tech
B.A., Political Science, 2013, Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC.


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    judson9@vt.edu
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    Judson Abraham
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
feminist technoscience, posthumanism, transhumanism, cyber-punk, science fiction, biopower and biopolitics, and feminist theory
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.S., Comparative Literature, Radford University, 2006
B.A., English, Radford University, 2004


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    calphin1@vt.edu
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    Caroline Alphin
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political Philosophy, Ethics, Metaethics, Political Theory
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Philosophy, 2013, Virginia Tech
B.A., Colorado State University, History, Philosophy, Social Studies Education 2011.


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    abernal@vt.edu
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    Amiel Bernal
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

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EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech
MA: Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, 2016
BA: Political Science and Economics, Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat, 2014


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    nada1@vt.edu
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    Nada Berrada
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Race and Ethnicity, Environmental Justice, Discourse Analysis, Feminist Political Theory, Aesthetics and Radical Politics.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech
MA: Political and Civic Engagement, Winthrop University, 2016
BA: Political Science, Winthrop University, 2013


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    briggsa@vt.edu
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    Alexandra Briggs
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Ethical Theory (Metaethical Theory and Applied Ethical Theory); Interactions of Ethical Theory with Political and Cultural Contexts.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT,Virginia Tech
MA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech
MA: International Relations, Salve Regina University, 2008
BS: Education, Missouri State University, 1991
BS: Music, Missouri State University, 1991


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    burkette@vt.edu
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    Jerry Burkette
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Appalachian Studies, Globalization, Critical Theory, and Social Movements.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.P.A., 2012, Old Dominion University
A.B., 2004, Bryn Mawr College


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    kcathar@vt.edu
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    Katharine Cross
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Contemporary American History, Memory Studies, Public History, Political Culture, Popular Culture, Nationalism, Gender and Race Studies
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., 2012, Appalachian State University
B.A., 2010, Emory & Henry College


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    taulby1@vt.edu
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    Taulby Edmondson
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
AModernity, techno-politics, and sustainable development; global coloniality, postcoloniality and border thinking; politics of space, place, and nature
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.S. 1996, Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin
B.S. 1983, General Engineering, University of Illinois


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    tfilbert@vt.edu
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    Tim Filbert
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Relations, Global History, History and Theory of Modernist Architecture, Urbanism, Preservation, and Planning
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Political Studies, American University of Beirut, 2013
BA: English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003


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    raf16@vt.edu
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    Rob Flahive
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International relations theory, modern political and social theory, European Union and European studies, critical security studies, cultural studies, and critical geopolitics
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MPIA (Master in Public and International Affairs), 2014,Virginia Tech
B.A., International Studies, Virginia Tech


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    jgrow1@vt.edu
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    Johannes Grow
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Literary Theory
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2017
BA: Political Science, University of California Los Angeles, 2015


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    hheda93@vt.edu
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    Hirbodh Hedayat
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
International Security, Violent Non-state Actors, Culture and Belief Systems, International Order, International Society/System, IR Theory, and International Law
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2017
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2016he


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    robertah@vt.edu
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    Robert Hodges
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Continental philosophy (especially Heidegger), Wittgenstein, post-analytic philosophy, critical theory, phenomenology, music.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, 2019 (), Virginia Tech
M.A., Philosophy, 2015, Virginia Tech
B.A., 1994, Saint Olaf College (Philosophy, Ancient Studies).


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    darrenmj@vt.edu
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    Darren Jackson
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Political Theory, History and Philosophy of Science, Sociology of Science, Popular Culture
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., 2014, Political Theory, Goethe University Frankfurt and Darmstadt University of Technology.
B.A., 2010, Political Science, University of North Texas


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    mariok22@vt.edu
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    Mario Khreiche
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Appalachian Studies, American Studies, popular culture, bluegrass music, documentary forms, place-based identity, social justice, post-modern poetry, and feminist theory.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A, Appalachian Studies, 2013, Appalachian State University
B.F.A., Creative Writing, 2010, Goddard College


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    jlaney@vt.edu
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    Jordan Laney
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
American cultural identity, media studies, contemporary American history, 20th century American history, popular culture, cultural studies, science fiction
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., English Literature, 2009, Virginia Tech
B.A., English Literature, 2006, Virginia Tech
B.A., History, 2006, Virginia Tech


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    emckagen@vt.edu
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    Leigh McKagen
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

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EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MFA: Art, University of Florida, 2012
BA: Visual Arts, Western Kentucky University, 2009


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    galeneo1@vt.edu
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    Galen Olmsted
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
History of debt, Early Pythagoreanism, Political economy, Philosophy of language/ethics
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MED: Education, Loyola University Maryland, 2012
BA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2010
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2010


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    jpaul05@vt.edu
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    Jesse Paul
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Intellectual history, historiography, hermeneutics, anthropology of secularism, tradition as forms of life, Middle East (Ottoman) and South Asian (Mughal) diplomacy, comparative colonial connections, decolonial struggles, Hanafi Law, Kalaam, modern discontents, history and philosophy of science
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Middle East Studies, 2012, The University of Chicago
B.S.,(Chemistry, Sociology), 2007, Haverford College


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    mpervaiz@vt.edu
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    Mohammed Pervaiz
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
journalism ethics, citizen journalism, Appalachia, mass media, coal culture.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: English Literature, Virginia Tech, 2010
BA: Theatre Arts, Berea College, 2005


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    splummer@vt.edu
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    Sarah Plummer
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

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EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Humanities, Old Dominion University, 2017
BA: Philosophy, Old Dominion University, 2015


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    srespess@vt.edu
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    Shaun Respess
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
20th century U.S. social movements; racism and white privilege; global prison industrial complex; civic studies; moral philosophy; political psychology; anti-intellectualism in the U.S.; political theater; and ethical understandings of truth, responsibility, and sympathy..
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Public Service, 2011, Marquette University
B.A., Political Science, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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    maryryan@vt.edu
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    Mary Ryan
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Race, pop culture and media, Appalachian culture, global political economy, cultural politics.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2017
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2015


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    psalmons@vt.edu
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    Patrick Salmons
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS

EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, 2014
MA: Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sabanci University, 2011
LLB: Law, Marmara University, 2007


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    ezgi@vt.edu
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    Ezgi Seref
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Art theory, philosophy of (visual) language, metaphysics of identity, ethics of cultural geography, environmental ethics.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2016
BA: Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2014
BA: Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2014
BFA: Fine Arts, Virginia Tech, 2014


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    kshepard@vt.edu
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    Kathryn Shepard
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Cross-Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist theories of Space/Place, Korean and East Asian History, American Religious History
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MA: History, Virginia Tech, 2016
BA: History, Mary Baldwin College, 2004


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    fskiles@vt.edu
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    Faith Skiles
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Hacking, Continental Philosophy, Data and Society, Philosophy of Technology, Digital Culture.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
MS: Nonprofit Management, The New School, 2015
BA: Literature, Bard College, 2011


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    stamm@vt.edu
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    Emma Stamm
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Public History, Slavery and US Plantation Narratives, Race and Gender Studies, Social Justice Activism.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., English, Clemson University, 1993
B.A., English, Clemson University, 1985


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    jws@vt.edu
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    Julie Walters Steele
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
American politics; globalization; economic development; international aid; NGOs and NPOs; poverty; political ideology and subjectivity; political extremism; moral and political philosophy; philosophy of language; democracy; capitalism; corporate personhood; universities; mass persuasion; US right-wing social movements
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., Public and International Affairs: Governance and Capacity Building, 2015, Virginia Tech
M.A., Philosophy, 2015, Virginia Tech
Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management
B.S., Philosophy, 2011, The College at Brockport, State University of New York


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    astu1222@vt.edu
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    Alexander Stubberfield
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Comparative political thought, Indian political thought, international relations theory.
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., International Affairs, The New School, 2011
B.A., Psychology, The New School, 2009


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    anthos9@vt.edu
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    Anthony Szczurek
PH.D. IN THE ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ETHICAL, AND CULTURAL THOUGHT

RESEARCH AREAS
Critical and feminist theory, geocriticism, geopolitics, issues of development, poetics, postcolonialism, theories of space, place, and mapping
EDUCATION
Ph.D., ASPECT, Virginia Tech
M.A., 2014, Virginia Tech
B.A., 2012, Virginia Tech


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    shelby08@vt.edu
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    Shelby Ward